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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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ROCHA, Ana Paula Rongel  and  GARCIA, Cláudia Amorim. Adolescence as a contemporary cultural ideal. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2008, vol.28, n.3, pp. 622-631. ISSN 1414-9893.

The objective of this paper is to discuss adolescence as a contemporary cultural ideal considering the idealization of adolescence that takes place in our society. Starting from a social and cultural view, we argue that the idealization of adolescence in contemporary society has been facilitated by consumer culture and the cult of freedom in such a way that today adolescence represents not only the ideal of freedom but also a style of life. Next we discuss, from a psychoanalytic point of view, the function of ideals in the building up of social bonds and its protective role against helplessness and cultural discontent, overwhelming as they became as a result of the fragmentation of modern ideals in today’s society. We conclude the paper by asking whether adolescence as a cultural ideal has been effective in its protective function against helplessness as well as in its ability to develop social bonds in contemporary society.

Keywords : Adolescence; Cultural ideal; Consumption; Helplessness.

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